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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Tech Pre-Game (1/30/15) Edition

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Texas Tech previews, recruiting notes, WVUPros on Bruce, Big 12 roundup, weekend viewing guide & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Women's Basketball Playbook: Averee Fields - WVU Athletics
Senior forward Averee Fields discusses her life goals with host Jeff Culhane on the Women's Basketball Playbook,

Superhero Day Set for Sunday, Feb. 1 - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball hosts its annual Superhero Day on Sunday.

Rifle Receives Championship Rings - WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team received their 2014 NCAA Championships rings in front of a sold-out crowd at the WVU Coliseum during the WVU vs. TCU game on Saturday, Jan. 24.

ESPN Bias: The Long Con - Big 12 Fanatics
So what happens when a perennial conference bottom feeder beats a perennial top conference contender? Is the SEC treated differently than the Big 12?

Former WVU QB Clint Trickett to Hold Autograph Signing Event at - WVillustrated
Former WVU quarterback Clint Trickett will hold an autograph signing event at Collectibles, Etc. in Cross Lanes on Saturday from 4-6 p.m.

News of Note:

WVU men finding ways to win; Texas Tech up next - Charleston Daily Mail
No. 17 WVU, which plays host to Texas Tech (11-10, 1-7) in Saturday’s noon ESPNU game inside the Coliseum, enjoys what it’s doing this season.

Phillip joins Mountaineer list of top scorers - Charleston Gazette
"That’s the beauty of our team,’’ said point guard Juwan Staten. "We have a lot of guys that can bring a lot of different things to the table.’’

WVU’s immediate hoops future; Williams and 7-6 Tacko - Charleston Gazette
First, a word (or more) about WVU’s basketball team.

FURFARI: WVU men host Texas Tech after ugly K-State win - Times West Virginian
Maybe the critics were correct in labeling the West Virginia University men’s basketball team’s performance at Kansas State last Tuesday night as one of the worst of the season.

No. 17 West Virginia looks for sixth conference win, takes on Texas Tech Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
No. 17 West Virginia is coming off a win versus Kansas State, and now Bob Huggins’ team will be looking to register its sixth Big 12 win Saturday against Texas Tech.

The Vine Rewind: WVU-Kansas State - EerSports
a look back at West Virginia's bruising victory over Kansas State

Gold & Blue Now: Thursday, Jan. 29 - WV MetroNews
the guys discuss Bruce Weber’s comment after the Kansas State game that said WVU played "bad basketball."

'65 Frosh Hoop Team to be Recognized - WVU Athletics
WVU's great '65 freshman hoop team to be recognized.

Recruiting:

Coral Gables coach: New WVU commit Wilson ‘has tremendous upside’ - WV MetroNews
Three-star recruit Shaquery Wilson was pulled away from Georgia by Mountaineers offense that typically rewards multiple receivers.

Capital LB Etheridge snags WVU scholarship offer - Charleston Daily Mail
Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen was in Charleston on Wednesday and extended a scholarship offer to Cougars sophomore linebacker Dorian Etheridge.

Pro News:

Quick Hit: Bruce Irvin sees Seattle defense as an all-time great - WVUPros
""I definitely feel like we’ll go out as one of the top defenses to ever play the NFL," Irvin said.

Feel Good Friday: Irvin has always had love for WVU - WVUPros
This week’s Feel Good Friday is also a Flashback Friday in honor of Mountaineer great, Super Bowl XLVIII Champion and Super Bowl XLIX contender, Bruce Irvin.

Kevin White Mock Draft Updates: January 29th - EerSports
latest draft projections for West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Report: Baylor DL Javonte Magee Not Enrolled, Won't Participate in Spring Drills - Our Daily Bears

Is Iowa State the New Dream Team? - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas To Wear "Heritage Classic" Uniform - Rock Chalk Talk

Tournament Thursday: Searching for a point guard - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma basketball notebook: Wrist not a problem for Isaiah Cousins - Oklahoman

OSU basketball: One down, one to go for a good week - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Barking Carnival, For Texas and NCAA football news

TCU’s process of improving is both hopeful and painful - Star Telegram

3 takeaways: Texas Tech scores fewest points since 1981 in blowout loss to Oklahoma - Dallas Morning News

What's On Tap:

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (17) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Lyons Den on ESPNU/3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. (15) Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Hilt on ESPNU/3

Kansas St Wildcats vs. (9) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Phog on ESPN/ESPN3

(19) Texas Longhorns vs. (20) Baylor Bears - ESPN
6 pm Saturday from the Burgundy Center on ESPN2/3

(24) Oklahoma Sooners vs. Oklahoma St Cowboys - ESPN
8 pm Saturday from Gallagher-Iba on ESPN2/3

New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks - Preview - ESPN
Super Bowl XLIX, Sunday, 6:30 pm from Larry Fitzgerald's Alma Mater's Stadium on NBC

Video of Interest:

Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook for January 30th, 2015

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is (stop me if you've read this here before) another gorgeous Brazilian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Camila Morais.